BUDGET
IN-EAR

T260

AUDIOSENSE

Rating

Price

8

55 €

Review published:

11/2019

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Driver

2

per Side

0

Dynamic

2

Balanced

Impedance

27 Ohm

Piezo

0

Sound

8

Bass

7.5

Mids

8

Trebles

Sensitivity

107 dB

7.8

Handling

9

Haptic

A

Value

0

Daily Life

Frequency

20 - 22000 Hz

Intro

The T260, with its 2 BA drivers from Knowles, is the sandwich child of the Audiosense siblings, which also include the T180 (1 BA driver) and the T300 (3 BA driver).
Whether the surcharge of almost 15 € for another BA driver is an upgrade to the T180 will be discussed here.

Handling

Since all the in-ears share the same case and can only be distinguished by the non-selectable colors and also have the same scope of delivery, this is here one to one the same explanation as for the T180.
The T260 is similar to the Shure SE215, or many Westone-In-Ears. This means that we get an extremely comfortable fit, also favoured by the narrow but long sound tubes. In addition, the T260 is a flyweight, so apart from its compact design, it is easy to forget in the ear.

The optimal fit provides a very good seal and thus insulation. The supplied cable is really good and easy to handle. In addition, there is a selection of foam and silicone tips and a transport bag.

Sound

This is where it starts to get exciting. The T260 has two BA drivers, one for the bass and the other for the midrange and treble.

Compared to the T180, this is also noticeable in the bass. The bass of the T260 plays lower and comes around the corner with a little more punch. But it stays just as clean, fast and rich in detail. It's a typical BA bass that sounds dry rather than dynamic and doesn't shake your ears. I find it partly in a completely different listening experience, because subjectively one has the feeling to perceive more details than with a dynamic one, because the BA driver doesn't resonate and therefore no sounds can overlap. However, you have to do without the dynamic pressure, which of course can also be a fun factor. Here it's more analytical, but with a good midrange bass punch and a pleasant warmth.

As with the T180, the midrange of the T260 sounds very balanced and neutral. In a direct comparison, you have the feeling that the mids are a bit more in the background, as the bass is a bit more prominent and not quite as superficial as with the T180. I see this as positive here, because it's even more musical. However, this creates even more intimacy with voices, since they are also slightly reduced. Women sound somewhat more brilliant and lively than men. Basically, however, they resemble the T180's midrange, both in their strengths and weaknesses. I would like to see a little more assertiveness, openness and liveliness. Opposite is naturalness, relaxation and neutrality, with good separation, which, however, decreases somewhat with much musical content.

For me, the highs are also a small upgrade to the T180. Details seem to be more numerous and the expansion somewhat more extended. They are a bit darker than the T180's highs. Although it may be a comparison of apples and pears, the T180's treble is more in the direction of the BGVP DM6 and the T260's in the direction of the DM7. This makes them even more pleasant to listen to and yet at least an analytical listening experience.

Also, the T260 takes a step forward in spatiality, even if the width is still limited. However, depth and width are more homogeneous, which leads to a better 3D image.

Outro

The T260 can be seen as a sonic upgrade to the T180. It's an in-ear, you have to get used to its signature. In the beginning everything sounds a bit compressed and unemotional, but that changes quickly and the T260 can shine. I can listen to music or audio books with the T260 for hours without getting tired.
If the T300 has a good crossover and a BA driver takes care of one frequency range at a time, this could be a real insider tip for under 100€.
But the T260 is already a clear recommendation on my part. You only have to know what you are looking for, otherwise you won't be happy with the T260 and also the T180.

Legend

Haptic:

Here the processing plays a role and the usability of the scope of supply. Additionally the appearance, wearing comfort and robustness.


Value:
Here I evaluate for me subjectively the price/performance ratio - does not flow into the evaluation!

Z: No Brainer

A: money well spent

B: all right, you can do

C: gives better for less money

D: overpriced

E: collector's price

Daily life:
Here, I focus on the long-term audibility and whether I can hear it well out of the box. This is of course very subjective and therefore only a minimal deduction or bonus. 

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T180

T180

T260

T260

T300

T300

AQ3

AQ3

Second Opinion

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